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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture
Benincasa hispida, Cogn. (B. cerifera, Savi). Fig. 536. Wax Gourd. White Gourd of India. Zit-kwa. Chinese Preserving Melon. Chinese Watermelon. Vine long, like a muskmelon, hairy, with cordate lobed Lvs.: fr. mostly oblong, 10-16 in. long, hairy, white-waxy, with solid white flesh and small cucumber-like seeds. Cult, the same as muskmelon or cucumber. R.H. 1887:540.—Used for making preserves and sweet pickles; said to be eaten raw in warm countries, and the unripe frs. to be employed by natives in India in the making of curries. L. H. B.
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